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Wild Strawberries

Ingmar Bergman

For anyone with an interest in cinema, the work of Ingmar Bergman is as essential as breathing. The Swedish writer-director, who would have been 100 this year, is not just one of the undisputed giants of filmmaking, he is one of the truly great artists of the 20th Century in any medium. To mark Bergman’s centenary, we are proud to present six of his films over the coming months...

Released the same year as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries cemented Bergman’s international reputation. One of the cinema’s great meditations on mortality and memory, Wild Strawberries tells the story of an emotionally withdrawn elderly academic who goes on a journey to collect an award and relives his past through a series of dreams and chance encounters. Wild Strawberries has had fans as varied as Stanley Kubrick, who called it the most deeply moving film he’d ever seen, and the Vatican, who placed it on their list of great films for its representation of an “interior journey from pangs of regret and anxiety to a refreshing sense of peace and reconciliation”.